I found out from Penn DOT today that most of the route I want to take has been approved, and that I don’t have to contact and enter into a contract with each individual municipality I’ll be walking through. They couldn’t approve it all just quite yet because there are some parts (along U.S. 22, 322, etc.) that may be along limited access highways, which I am not allowed to walk along, but they weren’t sure about whether or not the sections of those highways I want to walk are limited access – so I don’t know what’s going to happen with those sections yet. I might have to find some slight detours .
Either way I can finally move on to the next phase of planning: contacting potential donors/sponsors, participants, organizations, etc. I could definitely use help thinking of and contacting these. I also want/need to compile information about hunger and homelessness in PA and about how to get involved (I need the info so that I can explain to the donors why there is such a great need for support of my cause. It would also be help to put on fliers I could hand out and for when I speak with the media). I found some pretty good websites for national statistics but am having a little bit of trouble locating updated stats for just PA. Michael Stoops at the National Coalition for the Homeless suggested contacting the Housing Alliance of PA, so I’ll check with them tomorrow. If anyone has any other thoughts, ideas, etc. you think might help please let me know. I would really appreciate it.